Nagaland remains quite pleasant during the winter season with the average temperature staying between 15℃ to 20℃. However, at places like Mokokchung and other hilly areas, mercury dips up to 4℃ making it quite chilly especially by nights. It indeed is a great idea to plan a visit to Nagaland during the winter season, especially right after the monsoon season is over as the state is covered in green and looks spectacular. Winter is also marked by few really interesting festivals in Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival being the most popular one, is celebrated in the first week of the winter month of December. Held in the Kisama Village near Kohima, Hornbill is a 10-day festival celebrated to promote the Naga culture, people from all around the world come to witness this flamboyant festivity. Apart from this, the onset of winter is welcomed with the harvest festival of Yemshe celebrated by Pochuri tribe in Nagaland. Another festival to witness during winter is Bushu, which is also a harvest festival celebrated by the Kachari Tribe.
Winter in Nagaland is also ideal for trekking adventures. Trekking to Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valley become even more interesting amidst the winter chill. Just make sure to carry your own tents and meal and layer yourself well with woolen clothes. Another interesting activity to enjoy in winter season in Nagaland is wildlife sighting. The state is home to a rich variety of flora & fauna and it best sighted during the winter under the warm sun. Ntangki National Park, Nagaland Zoological Park, Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary and Fakim Sanctuary are some of the ideal places to visit for thrilling wildlife tours in the state. Also, the season of winter is ideal for bird watching in Nagaland. The reason being the arrival of migratory birds from the countries close to North Pole. With a lot of fresh water sources, the state allures many migrating species of birds to spend time here during winter season. Yet another reason to visit Nagaland during winter is to savour its hot and unique food.
We all are well acquainted with the cuisine of Nagaland that often include pork that is seasoned with locally grown spices and is mostly served boiled. Dishes like these are inarguably best tried during the winter season to enjoy their warmth.